53-man roster after the last preseason game

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The next time the Eagles play a game, it will count.

Now they just have to figure out who will be on the roster.

The Eagles played their final 2022 preseason game against the Dolphins on Saturday afternoon and have until 4pm on Tuesday to trim their roster from 81 to 53.

Here is my final prediction:

Quarterback (2): Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew

Reid Sinnett played his way off the roster. He’s looked out of place all preseason and I’m starting to believe him. Sinnett had some really good moments in training camp, even earning some second-team reps along the way, but he’s not worth a roster spot right now. Carson Strong barely took any reps this summer.

Cast: Reed Sinnett, Carson Strong

Running back (3): Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kenny Gainswell

I had higher hopes for Huntley this summer and while he has shined at times, he hasn’t been as consistent as he should have been to make the roster. This is a position the Eagles could still look to add another player, but for now these three seem like safe bets.

Starring: Jason Huntley, Kennedy Brooks

Receiver (5): AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor

At times this summer, it looked like Cain, Covey or Allen could find their way onto the roster, but ultimately it makes more sense for the Eagles to keep five. They can hide these other guys through waivers. It won’t be popular to keep Reagor, but I’d be surprised if he leaves, especially due to a cut. He’s had a disappointing career, but I don’t get the feeling the Eagles are ready to give up on him completely.

Cast: Deon Cain, Britain Covey, Devon Allen, John Hightower, Greg Ward

Tight end (3): Dallas Geddert, Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra

Calcaterra, a sixth-round pick out of SMU, returned from a hamstring injury just in time to finish his summer strong. He did enough as a draft pick to keep a roster spot after a strong push from Toyai, who will be on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Out: Noah Toyai, Richard Rogers

Offensive Line (10): Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Lane Johnson, Cam Jurgens, Andre Dillard, Sua Opeta, Jack Driscoll, Jack Anderson

All summer I’ve been going back and forth on how many forwards the Eagles will keep. But their depth here is significant and Anderson has proven to me that he is a capable player. Could the Eagles get by with nine? Sure, but Anderson is one of their 53 best players.

Starring: Le’Raven Clark, Kayode Awosika, Josh Sills, Cameron Tom

Defensive Tackle (5): Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Milton Williams, Jordan Davis, Marlon Tuipulotu

One of the biggest pleasant surprises this summer has been the improvement of Tuipulotu, a sixth-round pick from 2021. He earned his roster spot this summer. It’s a shame to have to cut Marvin Wilson, who looks like an NFL player but is a victim of a numbers crisis at the position.

Starring: Marvin Wilson, Rennell Wren, Cobie Smith

Defensive End (4): Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett, Tarron Jackson

Those four are pretty clear, especially given the jump we’ve seen from Jackson as he enters Year 2. The other three were always going to be on the roster.

Out: Matt Leo

SAM line supporter (3): Haason Reddick, Patrick Johnson, Kyron Johnson

The second Johnson isn’t a lock, but he’s a sixth-round pick who has come on strong, especially in the joint practice against the Dolphins. He also offers plenty of upside as a special teams player. He’s worth keeping close. Reddick is obviously the starter at this point, but Patrick Johnson has really improved this training camp. had great flashes.

Linebacker (5): TJ Edwards, Kyzir White, Nakobe Dean, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley

Those five have been pretty clearly defined all summer. Edwards and White are clearly cemented as starters, but Dean will earn some playing time in some situations. Bradley, even as the fifth linebacker, is a lock on the roster because of his ability and leadership on special teams.

Starring: JaCoby Stevens, Christian Elliss

Corner (6): Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Josh Jobe, Josiah Scott

The top four corners on this list are locks, while Scott has been impressive as a backup nickel/safety. That versatility is enough to keep him around. Scott has a hamstring injury, but as long as it’s not too serious, the Eagles are keeping him on their starting roster. And Jobe missed that last preseason game with an elbow injury, but if it’s not serious, then he’s earned a roster spot.

Starring: Kary Vincent Jr., Tay Gowan, Mac McCain III, Mario Goodrich, Josh Blackwell

Security (4): Marcus Epps, Anthony Harris, K’Von Wallace, Jaquiski Tartt

The defensive backs were the toughest part of this 53-man roster. In particular, the safety position was really tough. We know Epps is their top safety, but after that there are a ton of question marks. Harris makes the team and is a starter mostly because of his experience in the NFL and on this defense. Wallace came in hard enough to get stuck. The final choice came down to Tartt, Chachere and Blankenship. The last two have had better summers than Tartt, but Tartt has NFL tape behind him. That might be enough to keep him. And the other two may go through waivers.

Out: Andre Chachere, Reed Blankenship

Experts (3): Jake Elliott, Arryn Siposs, Rick Lovato

These three have had no competition this summer. I’m still a little worried about Sipos, but there’s no one to take his job.

Practice Squad (16): Reid Sinnett, Jason Huntley, Britain Covey, Deon Cain, Devon Allen, Noah Togiai, Josh Sills, Le’Raven Clark, Kayode Awosika, Marvin Wilson, JaCoby Stevens, Tay Gowan, Mac McCain, Mario Goodrich, Andre Chachere, Reed Blankenship, *Matt Leo

*Leo can return as the 17th player on the practice squad with his international waiver.

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